Te­mer ready for boos at Olympics

The Myanmar Times - - World -

BRAZIL’S in­terim pres­i­dent Michel Te­mer said he is fine with the like­li­hood he will be booed when he ap­pears at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Olympic Games later this week.

“I am to­tally ready. As [Brazil­ian writer] Nel­son Ro­drigues used to say, in Mara­cana [Sta­dium] even the mo­ment of si­lence gets booed,” Mr Te­mer told local me­dia on a visit to Porto Ale­gre, ahead of South Amer­ica’s first Olympics, which he will open at the fa­bled foot­ball pitch on Au­gust 5.

Mr Te­mer, the vice pres­i­dent who has been act­ing head of state since May, will pre­side over the open­ing cer­e­mony, amid the coun­try’s con­tentious po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion.

Sus­pended pres­i­dent Dilma Rouss­eff and her pre­de­ces­sor and left-wing ally Luiz Ina­cio Lula da Silva have said they will boy­cott the cer­e­mony.

Ms Rouss­eff is cur­rently sus­pended for an im­peach­ment trial for break­ing gov­ern­ment bud­get laws, while Mr Lula, who as pres­i­dent was in­stru­men­tal in Rio’s win­ning bid as Olympic host, faces se­ri­ous cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions.

“I have to ful­fil my in­sti­tu­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. And I also un­der­stand the ex-pres­i­dents are not go­ing to be in at­ten­dance. So the fun part is they can save all the boos just for the pres­i­dent,” Mr Te­mer quipped. –

Photo: AFP

Michel Te­mer will pre­side over the Olympics open­ing cer­e­mony on Au­gust 5.

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